Yvette Sparks will be entering her first season as the head coach at St. Andrews in 2015-16 after being hired in the summer of 2015.
She comes to St. Andrews from Glencoe High School (AL) where she was the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach. Sparks coached at Jacksonville St. University (AL), Belmont University (TN), Edinboro University (PA), and Valdosta St. (Ga.). She was Head Coach at another NAIA institution, Malone University (OH).
Sparks began her collegiate coaching career as the assistant coach at Valdosta State from 1998-2001 where she helped lead the team to a Gulf South Conference East Division Championship and a Division II national tournament participant (1996-97) with a record of 20-7. She was also the interim head coach (1999-2000).
Sparks then went on to be the head coach at Malone U. in Canton Ohio for two seasons from 2001-03 leading them 24-7 record and NAIA tournament berth in ‘01-02 while being named East Region coach of the year.
Sparks next coaching position was with Edinboro University for three seasons from ‘03-06 where she was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator while also making the National Div. II tournament in 05-06 before heading to Belmont University for four season as the recruiting coordinator and post coach from 06-10 helping to lead them to a Atlantic Sun Conference championship.
She then went to Jacksonville St. in Alabama for two seasons where she was the recruiting coordinator and player development coach before heading to Glencoe where she led the team to an area championship and third round of states while also winning County Coach of the year.
A graduate of Clearwater Christian College in 1994, Sparks holds a B.S. in Physical Education. She was also a four-year letter winner in both basketball and volleyball. She then earned a Master's Degree in Sports Science from Valdosta State in 1998.
She is married to Jeff Sparks. The couple has one daughter, Kara.
Kelsey Long is entering her first season as the assistant women's basketball coach at St. Andrews.
Long comes to the Knights from Queens University in Charlotte where she was an assistant the past two seasons.
Long obtained her Master’s degree from Queens last year in the field of Communication.
As a collegiate player, Long was a scholarship standout at Belmont Abbey College (NC). Long was a four-year starter during her collegiate career at Belmont Abbey. During her last season, Belmont Abbey’s team finished first in Conference Carolina and advanced to the second round of regional play.
During her time as a collegiate student-athlete, Long was recognized as a Conference Carolinas Basketball Academic All-Conference Team, listed on the Presidential Athletic Honor Roll, made the Dean’s List, and was introduced into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society May of 2015.
Long is from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina where she attended and played basketball for East Surry High School.
Randall Johnson is entering his first season as Part Time/Volunteer Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at St. Andrews University.
Johnson comes from Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC where he’s served as Assistant Head Coach since 2005. He’s also served as the head coach at CA Johnson & Lake View High Schools (1999-2001) and assisted at West Charlotte HS (1995-98) and JC Smith University (1989-91).
Johnson lettered in basketball at Johnson C. Smith University (N.C.) where he earned his B.A. degree in English in 1992. He also holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Mr. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Marlboro County First Steps Program. He is married to Pamela Johnson and they have one son Cameron who plays football at the University of South Carolina.